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Vorley Road improvements

We are proposing to undertake streetscape improvements and tree planting outside the Archway Children’s Centre on Vorley Road.  This would result in reduction of parking spaces, so that the remaining provision would consist of four parking spaces. To find out more about the proposals and to provide feedback please complete our complete our online survey.

Removal of Archway gyratory

The removal of Archway gyratory has been a long-held aspiration for the council and the local community.  Following an earlier public consultation on the proposals to remove the gyratory that Transport for London (TfL) carried out in late 2014, the construction started in February 2016 and is programmed to finish in summer 2017. The works will deliver a new public space in the heart of the town centre, introduce a new two-way traffic system and improve pedestrian and cycling facilities.​ 

TfL will undertake the following changes to prepare for the new two-way traffic system:

  • Buses will start using the new bus stands on Archway Road, including the new bus U-turn, on Tuesday 6 December.
  • Vorley Road and Macdonald Road will be temporarily closed to through-traffic from 9pm on 9 December until 5am on 10 December to prepare for the reversal of the one-way operation of these roads. Vehicle access will be maintained for residents. Parking bays will be suspended from midday on Friday 9 December to 6am on 10 December.
  • The existing one-way direction of traffic on Vorley Road and Macdonald Road will be reversed from 5am on Saturday 10 December.
  • From 9pm on 17 December until 5am on 18 December there will be lane closures around the gyratory. Some bus routes will be temporarily diverted – please visit tfl.gov.uk/bus/status or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for live bus service updates.

The main traffic switch-over will take place at around 5am on Sunday 18 December and will result in the following changes to traffic:

  • The south-west arm of the gyratory outside the Archway Underground station will be closed to vehicular to create the new public space that will open next year.
  • There will be no right-turn from St John's Way to Archway Road, and no right-turn from Junction Road to Holloway Road. This will apply to all traffic.
  • Vehicle access to and from Flowers Mews will be via Archway Road.
  • Bus stops will be relocated around the new road layout. More details are available from tfl.gov.uk/archway-gyratory .

Roads in the area will be busier while the works take place. Please plan ahead and allow more time to complete your journeys, especially when travelling during peak periods (7am-9am & 4.30pm-7.30pm weekdays, and 10am-7pm at weekends), or consider alternative routes where possible.

Live road travel information is available from tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter. To find out how your bus journey may be affected, please visit tfl.gov.uk/bus/status or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

Please visit tfl.gov.uk/archway-gyratory for more information about the project and travel advice.

Shop front improvements


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A transformation of 13 old shop fronts in Archway has been completed, including a gift shop, cafe and tailor (please see photos below). The new shop fronts are in keeping with local historic buildings, with more attractive signage, better glazing, awnings and lighting, and better access.

These are a couple of projects that the council is delivering as part of the £2 million fund to help regenerate Archway town centre and further opportunities are currently being investigated. You can read more about these proposals for Archway by downloading the Executive report at the bottom of this page.


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Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to be kept informed about projects happening in Archway, please contact: 

Email: ContactIslington@islington.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7527 2000

Address: Fourth Floor, Laycock Wing, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

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